Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

37 EpisodesProduced by HBR Presents / Azeem Azhar

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers… read more

37 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

The Truth About Autonomy

May 15th, 2019


Director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University and one of the first female fighter pilots, professor Missy Cummings debates the current state of autonomy with Azeem Azhar. Taking a stance of techno-realism, …

AI and the Genetic Revolution

May 8th, 2019


Michigan State University senior vice president Stephen Hsu, a theoretical physicist and the founder of Genomic Prediction, demonstrates how the …

When AI Meets Medicine

May 1st, 2019


With healthcare under extreme commercial and political pressure, the doctor-patient relationship is at a low point — and risks further deterioration. …

The Innovation Economy

April 24th, 2019


“We haven’t really understood the power of the state,” argues economist Mariana Mazzucato, warning that this has impacted the rising inequality in wealth creation and distribution. Mariana and Azeem Azhar discuss the …

Creating the Data Economy

April 17th, 2019


Our society has become increasingly reliant on data, but its value is not accessible to all. Of the 16 billion terabytes of data created globally in 2016, only 1% was analyzed. Among other discrepancies, the growing …

Designing Responsible AI

April 10th, 2019


“Intelligence is central to everything humans do, and artificial intelligence should be no exception.” With these words, Joanna Bryson urges for …

Investing in Disruptive Innovation

April 3rd, 2019


In the late 1800’s, three innovation platforms shaped the world as we know it today: the telephone, electricity, and the internal combustion engine. …

Technology Diffusion and the Rise of Asia

February 6th, 2019


Parag Khanna is a leading international relations expert and the author of The Future Is Asian: Commerce, Conflict and Culture in the 21st Century.

Overcoming the Epistemic Crisis

January 30th, 2019


Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish author and human rights activist. She has published 16 books, 10 of which are novels. The New York Review of Books called her latest novel, Three Daughters of Eve, a …

Regulating the Cyberspace

January 23rd, 2019


Marietje Schaake is a Dutch politician and member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the Netherlands. The Wall Street Journal called her “Europe’s …

Making Sense of the Data-Rich World with Graph Databases

January 16th, 2019


Emil Eifrem is the CEO and cofounder of Neo4j, the graph database platform powering some of the largest companies today. Emil is the creator of the property graph model, and he coined the term “graph database” to …

The State of Artificial Intelligence

December 26th, 2018


Jack Clark serves as the policy director at OpenAI. He has contributed to the development of the AI Index, an AI forecasting and progress initiative …

Quantified Self, Data Ownership, and the Sociological Approach to Technology

December 19th, 2018


Gina Neff is a senior research fellow and associate professor at the University of Oxford. She studies innovation, the digital transformation of …

Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Technology

December 13th, 2018


Michael Liebreich is a leading global expert on clean energy and transportation, smart infrastructure, technology, climate finance, and sustainable …

Diplomacy in the Tech Age

December 6th, 2018


Casper Klynge is the world’s first tech ambassador, with a global mandate and staff in Copenhagen, Silicon Valley, and Beijing. His appointment as the Danish tech ambassador in 2017 marked a new phase in diplomacy and …

Doughnut Economics, Rethinking Economics for the 21st Century

November 28th, 2018


Kate Raworth is a senior visiting research associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches environmental change and management. She is also a senior associate at the Cambridge …

Space Innovation and Fixing the Earth

November 21st, 2018


Anousheh Ansari is the world’s first female private space explorer and the first Iranian astronaut in space. She is the CEO of XPrize Foundation, an …

The Future of Public Service and Governance

November 14th, 2018


Lisa Witter is an award-winning executive, a serial entrepreneur, and the cofounder and executive chairman of Apolitical, a network that helps public …

The Future of Work and Democracy in the Information Age

November 7th, 2018


Matthew Taylor is the chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, a UK organization committed to finding practical solutions to societal problems. …

UBI, Automation, and Society in the U.S.

October 31st, 2018


Azeem Azhar speaks with Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and author who is running for president in the 2020 U.S. election. At the heart of Andrew’s platform is the “freedom dividend,” a universal basic income of $1,000, …

The Challenging Political Economy of Silicon Valley

October 24th, 2018


Azeem speaks with Reid Hoffman, “the sage of Silicon Valley.” Reid is an internet entrepreneur, executive, and investor best known as the cofounder …

Scaling Innovation

October 17th, 2018


Azeem Azhar speaks with entrepreneur and investor Elad Gil about Silicon Valley, scaling companies from 10 to 10,000 employees, the state of blockchain, and how blockchain and artificial intelligence will overlap. Elad …

AI, Warfare, and Global Security

October 10th, 2018


Azeem Azhar speaks with Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo, deputy director of the Digital Ethics Lab at the Oxford Internet Institute. Dr. Taddeo is a philosopher, an ethicist, and a researcher focusing on cyber conflicts, …

Entrepreneurs, the Market, and the State

October 3rd, 2018


Azeem Azhar speaks with venture capitalist Bill Janeway about the three-player game between the mission-driven state, financial speculators, and …

China, an AI Superpower

September 26th, 2018


Azeem Azhar speaks with Kai-Fu Lee, a VC investor, technology executive, and one of the most prominent figures in the Chinese internet sector and AI. …

Season 2 Intro: When Technology Meets Political Future

September 22nd, 2018


Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View podcast is back, exploring the intersection of political economy and exponential technologies.

Hacking Democracy

June 3rd, 2017


A recording of an Exponential View salon held in London in May 2017.

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter,” said Winston Churchill.

But whatever you think of it, …

The State of Machine Learning

May 26th, 2017


With more than 40% market share in mobile games, 1 billion monthly active users, and 2.6 billion unique devices, the game development platform Unity …

Code as the Key Driver of Human Development

May 9th, 2017


For the tech community, code has an almost exclusively uniform meaning: a set of instructions, until recently written only by humans, that specify …

Universal Basic Income

May 5th, 2017


Scott Santens is a writer and an advocate for universal basic income. His articles have been featured in TechCrunch, the Boston Globe, and Politico, …

How Music Could Take the Place of Drugs

April 29th, 2017


Marko Ahtisaari is the CEO and cofounder of The Sync Project, a collaborative venture of scientists, musicians, technologists, and patients, working …

AI, Automation, and the Economy

March 4th, 2017


A discussion with Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs. Jeff is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on economic development; he advises the …

Intimacy with Robots

February 25th, 2017


Kate Devlin, computer scientist and robot-sex expert, on robot intimacy and a new age of sex, relationships, and social life.

Homo Deus

February 17th, 2017


A conversation between Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Yuval Harari and Azeem Azhar.

They cover the compelling insights in his new book, Homo Deus. Where are we, as a species, going now that we have conquered …

The Future of Longevity

December 8th, 2016


Philosopher and investor Dr. Shamil Chandaria investigates how we might live much longer lives and how we can make them more meaningful.

He dives …

A Survey of Technology

November 20th, 2016


A wide-ranging conversation on technology with Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review.

He touches on gene editing, Moore’s Law, …

The Wealth of Humans

November 15th, 2016


A powerfully prophetic discussion about the meaning of work in the 21st century as technology transforms all areas of the global economy.

Ryan Avent, …

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